Regulation & Licensing

Security of Radiological Material

ARPANSA’s Source Control section is highly skilled, multi-disciplinary team who takes a ‘cradle to grave’ approach to the security of radioactive materials. SCS work to achieve national uniformity for the security of radioactive materials during their production, transportation, storage, use and eventual disposal.

National Security Arrangements and International Commitments

National Security Arrangements resulting from the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Report

ARPANSA is responsible for implementing and coordinating the response to the Council of Australian Governments' Report on the Regulation and Control of Radiological Material (COAG Report).

During 2006, COAG agreed to a National Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Security Strategy to provide a framework to strengthen and enhance Australia’s existing arrangements for chemical, biological, radiological material and nuclear security. In addressing the security of radiological materials, COAG agreed to a number of recommendations including the establishment of a national regulatory scheme for the storage, possession, use and transport of certain radiological materials to minimise the risk of such materials being misused by those with malicious intent.

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IAEA Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources

In 2004 Australia formally made a commitment to the IAEA Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources and the supplementary Guidance on Imports and Exports (PDF 1.24mb). To facilitate the implementation of these commitments, ARPANSA became a Permit Issuing Agency on behalf of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service for radioactive substances.

Further information about the Import and Export of radioactive materials can be found at: Import and Export Permit Applications.

Code of Practice for the Security of Radioactive Sources

A significant achievement in response to the COAG report was the publication of the Code of Practice for the Security of Radioactive Sources (ARPANSA, 2007).

ARPANSA is working with state and territory governments and other Commonwealth agencies to implement the recommendations in the COAG report for the regulation and control of radiological material. Part of this assistance has been the provision of workshops in each state and territory to raise awareness of the COAG report and assist state and territory licencees with implementation of the requirements of the Code of Practice for the Security of Radioactive Sources. For further information regarding assistance with the implementation of the Code of Practice, licencees should contact the relevant radiation regulator for their jurisdiction.

The Code of Practice sets out a graded approach for the security of sealed sources. That is, the stringency of the security measures to be applied is proportional to the inherent risk posed - this is a product of the assessed vulnerability to acquisition versus the modelled radiological consequences of malicious use. The Code of Practice groups sources into five categories and allocates security measures commensurate with the risk posed by the sources in each category (see the Code of Practice for the Security of Radioactive Sources) for background information on radioactive sources and the security categorisation of the sources). The Code of Practice is given force of law by each state and territory and the Commonwealth, and administered by the regulatory authority in each jurisdiction as part of the regulatory framework governing the use of radiation. The publication and implementation of the Code is one of the ways in which Australia is demonstrating its commitment to implement the IAEA Code of Practice for the Security of Radioactive Sources.

Practice Specific Security Guides

ARPANSA has also developed Security Guides to assist with implementation of the Code of Practice. The guides are available from radiation regulators in each jurisdiction. The Guides currently cover Category 1, 2 and 3 sources used in the following practices:

  • blood irradiator
  • panoramic industrial irradiator
  • high dose rate brachytherapy
  • research irradiator
  • industrial radiography
  • well logging
  • fixed gauges
  • moisture and density gauges.

Guides for further practices are being developed and will also be available from radiation regulators. For further information regarding assistance with the implementation of the Code of Practice or to report information in relation to security breaches contact the relevant radiation regulator for your jurisdiction. To report information that may have national security implications, contact the National Security Hotline 1800 123 400.

For further enquiries about the information on this webpage contact

National Radiation Security Advisors Accreditation Scheme

In 2013 ARPANSA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Attorney General's Department Protective Security Training College (PSTC) to deliver a pool of Nationally Accredited Radiation Security Advisors. These advisors are being developed in order to increase jurisdictional capacity in radiation security advice and additionally, to ensure that radiation security practices are implemented in a manner that achieves national uniformity and consistent approaches.

ARPANSA and PSTC have completed delivery of the second Graduate Certificate in Radiation Security on 5 October 2016. This brings the current pool of Radiation Security Advisors to twelve who will be available to all jurisdictions to implement the Code of Practice across Australia. ARPANSA will NOT be accepting further applications for this course at this time. Notice of future courses will be posted on this site when planned. For further information please contact ARPANSA's Source Control team:

National Radiation Security Advisors Accreditation Scheme Graduates*

Name Phone E-mail City of residence
Peter Bourke 0403 646 955 Canberra
Greg Breen 0448 880 192 Canberra
Michael Dever 0419 252 839 Canberra
Dave Eddleston 0411 076 243 Canberra
Christopher La Greca 0408 539 177 Sydney
Bruce Bland 0499 888 080 Perth
Braden Pryer 0423 684 016 Perth
Paul Graves 0419 240 918 Sydney
Mathew Warmington 0407 562 656 Canberra
Matthew Hocking 0419 514 027 Darwin
Paul Morberger 0413 943 988 Canberra
Jason Holmes 0409 386 169 Melbourne

* All Graduates are subject to the following requirements:

  • Successful completion in the Graduate Certificate in Radiation Security
  • Maintenance of a National Security Clearance (Negative Vetting LVL1)

Disclaimer: Security advisors qualify for accreditation after successful completion of the required training provided by ARPANSA and the PSTC and are accredited by ARPANSA.

ARPANSA does not endorse or recommend any particular Advisor nor does it warrant that services provided to a client by an Advisor in any particular jurisdiction will necessarily satisfy the client's needs.

Details of the Advisors are provided here as a service on behalf of the listed Advisors who have attained the standards specified by the Radiation Health Committee for the purposes of assisting States and Territories in their implementation of the requirements of ARPANSA Radiation Protection Series No. 11 - Code of Practice on the Security of Radioactive Sources (2006).

Potential users of an Advisor's services should make their own enquiries as to the suitability of any particular Advisor to perform the required services.

Contact Us

By mail:
Source Control Section
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency
PO Box 655
Miranda NSW 1490, Australia

By telephone:
(02) 9541 8318 or 0417 402 828

By email:

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